The Most Famous Air Force Pilot: A Ranking of Legendary Aviators

Choose the pilot you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Feb 25, 2024 07:00
Are you ready for takeoff? Get set to vote in our high-flying ranking of the most famous Air Force pilots of all time! At StrawPoll, we're hosting a thrilling showdown among the legendary sky warriors who've soared through history, breaking barriers and capturing our imaginations. From heroic feats in the heat of battle to record-setting flights that pushed the limits of human endurance, these daring aviators have etched their names in the annals of time. So, strap in and cast your vote for your favorite high-flying hero, or suggest a missing ace to add to our list. Don't miss this chance to help crown the ultimate king or queen of the skies - vote now and let your voice be heard in the cockpit of history!

Who Is the Most Famous Air Force Pilot?

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    Known for breaking the sound barrier, Yeager was one of the most famous Air Force pilots of all time.
    Chuck Yeager in other rankings
  2. 2
    Boyd was a fighter pilot and strategist who developed the OODA loop concept.
    John Boyd in other rankings
  3. 3
    Richard Bong
    USAAF official photographer · Public domain
    Bong was a World War II fighter pilot who was awarded the Medal of Honor.
  4. 4
    Robin Olds
    Official USAF Photograph · Public domain
    Olds was a Vietnam War pilot and a triple ace.
  5. 5
    Buzz Aldrin
    NASA · Public domain
    Aldrin was an Air Force pilot before becoming an astronaut and walking on the moon.
    Buzz Aldrin in other rankings
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    Doolittle was a World War II pilot who led the famous Doolittle Raid on Tokyo.
  7. 7
    Rickenbacker was a World War I pilot who was one of the most famous American flyers of his time.
    Eddie Rickenbacker in other rankings
  8. 8
    Joe Engle
    NASA · Public domain
    Engle was a test pilot who flew the X-15 and Space Shuttle.
  9. 9
    David Scott
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    Scott was an Air Force pilot who flew on both Gemini and Apollo missions.
  10. 10
    Collins was an Air Force pilot and astronaut who flew on the Apollo 11 mission.
    Michael Collins in other rankings

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About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous Air Force pilot. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or pilot is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 215 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each pilot once every 24 hours. The rank of each pilot is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous air force pilot

The United States Air Force has produced some of the most legendary pilots in history. From brave aviators who fought in World War II to modern-day astronauts, the Air Force has been home to some of the most accomplished individuals in the field of aviation. When it comes to determining who the most famous Air Force pilot is, there are a few names that immediately come to mind. These pilots have not only achieved great things in the skies, but they have also become household names and symbols of American heroism. In this article, we will explore the lives and achievements of these iconic pilots, and try to answer the question: who is the most famous Air Force pilot of all time?

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